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Light Shaping Tools, Part 2
Joe McNally
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lessons: 22 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 53min
published: 2008
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Light Shaping Tools, Part 2
with Joe McNally
Photographer Joe McNally vocalizes his thought process as he lights and shoots a mix of indoor and outdoor locations in New Mexico. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: The Penitentiary Prop (free course preview)

Joe McNally is going to be shooting on location inside an abandoned New Mexico State prison

7min, 42sec
lesson 2: CD Cover

For this project, Joe is bringing in 3 models who are pretending to be part of a band that is shooting a group portrait

10min, 20sec
lesson 3: Picking Location

Looking at background, lighting, and thinking about the type of setup

7min, 57sec
lesson 4: Zero Out Camera

Check camera settings and make sure that it is ready to shoot your new location

4min, 1sec
lesson 5: Lens and Light

Setting up the beauty dish on location and maintaining access to electricity

5min, 54sec
lesson 6: Adjusting the Light

Adjusting boom arms, choosing reflective surfaces

5min, 1sec
lesson 7: First Shots

Bringing in the models to start snapping a few photos

9min, 58sec
lesson 8: Lighting Ratios and Exposures

Bouncing light sources off the floor and adding a backlight to the shot

4min, 39sec
lesson 9: Changing Light Sources

Adjusting the light to give the shoot a different feel

9min, 4sec
lesson 10: Evolving During the Shoot

Changing wardrobe, changing the light are some of the adjustments being made while the shoot is in progress

3min, 32sec
lesson 11: Key Lighting

The versatility of the c-stand allows photographers to tailor the light hitting each their subjects

1min, 51sec
lesson 12: Improvisation

Experimenting with a Kino Flo light and a long throw reflector on the set

1min, 21sec
lesson 13: New Location

An outdoor shoot in New Mexico will bring a whole new set of ideas to execute and challenges to overcome

2min, 5sec
lesson 14: Assessing the Gear

Joe goes through all of the gear he has brought out to this new location

3min, 33sec
lesson 15: Octa Light Bank and Batteries

The Octa light source a beautiful but temperamental light source. Make sure you have plenty of battery power

6min, 45sec
lesson 16: Picture Depth and Fill Lighting

Adding background elements for depth and positioning a fill light

2min, 4sec
lesson 17: Battling the Light

Rushing against time to get the right light for the setup

1min, 43sec
lesson 18: Laying Out Saloon Setup

Joe walks through his thinking process as he decides how he wants to shoot inside a saloon

4min, 20sec
lesson 19: Playing With Light

There is a give and go with the light sources in any photo shoot

2min, 13sec
lesson 20: Strip Light

This type of light is great for creating dramatic portraits

2min, 24sec
lesson 21: Listen to the Location

Creating moody jailhouse portraits

7min, 53sec
lesson 22: Working with Harsh Light

Using a baffle, or silk, to soften harsh light

9min, 38sec
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